I met Marvin the first time around 1995 or 1996. I was with an agent who worked for me at the time named Shirley Howard. We were out snooping around a neighborhood that had a house burn the previous evening. We were trying to see which house it was, find out if they would be rebuilding, selling, you know typical real estate agent nosiness.
We happened on Marvin Glover in his fireman uniform. He was telling us how the fire started and about the "oh crap" moment when they discovered the gas grill gas tank... right after it blew up.
Marvin was retired from Bellsouth and lived on the lake. Shirley already knew him and was friends with him and his wife Brenda.
Well Marv and I became friends and he stopped by my office one afternoon to ask about selling real estate. I told him I thought he'd be just fabulous at it, he was very much a "people" person. He knew the lake well and even had been a fishing guide on Lake Sinclair. His phone number's last 4 digits were FISH. Marvin didn't get his license right away. In fact 8 and half years ago he had "political" aspirations and that's when we got to be really good friends.
Funny story... When Marvin was in the "thinking about it" stages of running for county commissioner I put a sign up on my reader board at the office that said "RUN MARVIN RUN". I was sitting in the office on Friday afternoon when a young woman came in the office and started swearing at me about the sign. She was waving her hands and ranting about me having no say if Marvin married her friend or not. Turns out it was another Marvin that was supposed to marry her friend the next day. I finally got this point across to her after she yelled at me for about 3 straight minutes.
Marvin got a huge kick out of this. Marvin ran for office and didn't win. Our county ... well... I'm not going to make this post political, it's about Marv.
Well Marvin did get his real estate license in 2001. He quickly became a million dollar producer and he connected well with clients. He did take Wednesday and Thursday off to play golf.
In 2004 Marvin began to get sick. I'm not exactly sure when the diagnosis came maybe in 2005. But the news was awful. It was Alzheimer's. Marvin was born in 1945, so he was a very young man. Even after Marvin's diagnosis he continued to work for a while. He sold his last home for Lane Realty in February of 2006. In March the day came when I knew and it was the hardest thing I had to do, that Marvin really was no longer safe to be showing property. I called his wife and we talked about it. She called the Alzheimer's support lady who helped make the transaction from Marvin working to Marvin making application for disability as smooth as possible.
These photos were taken February 28, 2007. A year later than Marvin left work. The fall of 2006 I started construction on a new office building and Marvin kept tabs on it. When he had to stop driving and his wife Brenda ( on the right in picture just left)
had to start doing all the driving, she would drive him down the to the office when he asked. We were in the new office on the day these photos were taken.
<----- This one is Marv and ME in my office.
Marvin was the happiest person I've ever heard of with Alzheimer's. He just willingly turned over the keys to Brenda for his Harley, his Tahoe and finally even the lawnmower with never a cross word. I can't tell you exactly when, but over the last year Marvin stopped talking. First he just talked less and less, then finally he stopped being able to talk at all. Brenda and a circle of great friends worked tirelessly and kept Marvin at home right until the end. He was happy and in familiar surroundings. The summer of 2007 the news got worse for Marvin and Brenda. Marvin was diagnosed with a second terminal disease of ALSor Lou Gehrig's Disease. It wasn't long after that second diagnosis that Marvin was totally bedridden. I went to see him often. I still always told him what was going on at the office. I still always knew when Marv looked me in the eye, he knew me. I'm grateful for that.
Marvin's brief life ended last year, one year ago today. I have cried many times over the past year because I miss Marv, and I'm sure I'm not done.
I have many fond memories of Marvin. Things like him calling me from his birthday party at 2 am asking me to work for him the next day. Campaigning with and for him, helping him write his first contract. Marvin did me a ton of favors and helped wire the old office when we got a new phone system, in fact in June of 2002 Marvin drove me to the church the day I married the love of my life (Donald).
Marvin Glover February 17, 1945 - October 25, 2007.
In that small dash between those dates Marvin touched many lives, mine included. I just wanted to say that I still miss you Marvin. I still value your opinion and share your political views. I still DO NOT want to watch the history channel. Thanks for the fun times we shared, and Marv... I'll see you again someday.